MoPA – Staking Claim: A California Invitational


Copyright 2013 various artists published by Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

A brief shout-out about a contemporary exhibition catalog that was released by MoPA (Museum of Photographic Arts) earlier (Fall, 2013) this year concurrent with its second exhibition of it’s trennial series of the same name. Of additional interest to me were the fellow Left Coast (California) photographers represented in the exhibition.

The catalog is litho printed with a raw exposed spine. It does have a Smyth sewn binding which allows it to amply open and make the plates which span the gutter to be easily read, with nothing lost inside the binding. The cover is stepped, thus the first of three interior sections is covered by the top cover, but the ensuing two sections are exposed. A interesting and not run-of-the-mill catalog book design from Connie Hwang Design (SF, CA).

I guess one potential weakness in the design is that the slight embossed front cover is a tad bit difficult to read.










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